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Offline Popol

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This full roadtest was published in the latest issue of 09 March.  It is not avilable online and of course in French.  A few highlights:

Acceleration
CBF1000                                     Bandit 1200S
0-100km/h  3"64     (51m)             3"74 (54m)
0-140km/h  6"06     (134m)           5"82 (126m)

More important  .... acceleration in top gear

60-100km/h      3"4   (79m)           4"2 (96m)
100-140km/h    3"2   (106m)         4"1 (141m)

Fuel consumption

      6.5L/100km                              7L/100km

++++++++++++++++++++GOOD++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
                CBF1000                                   SUZUKI 1200S
Very safe and easy handling        Torque available at low revs

Comfy suspension                        Price

Wonderful engine                         Powerful and precise front brake 


-----------------------------NOT SO GOOD------------------------------------------

Looks a bit bland                         Front end not much confidence inspiring
Seat too hard  for long                 Suspension too hard on broken surfaces
rides.
Engine vibrations btn                   Insufficient wind protection
4000-6000 rpm

This dual test seems more to the point to me than the comparisons so far made between the CBF and the new YAM FZ-1 which aims at  a different public  and is much pricier.

The CBF1000 is built in the same way as a Bandit.  A rather simple but effective chassis with a big torquey engine derived from a supersporter and enough practicality built-in to allow everyday use.

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Re: Test of CBF1000 vs. Bandit 1200S in French magazine MOTO JOURNAL
« Reply #1 on: 16 March, 2006, 09:16:23 PM »
Think you are right, the CBF compares much better with the Bandit than the Fazer.

Interesting comparison !

....but what about:

Engine vibrations 4000-6000 rpm

oh oh.. :o  how bad is that..?

Offline Popol

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Re: Test of CBF1000 vs. Bandit 1200S in French magazine MOTO JOURNAL
« Reply #2 on: 16 March, 2006, 09:33:08 PM »
What they say about the vibrations in the text of the test is that it is sometimes annoying when riding at a steady pace because 4000-6000rpm is where you will be quite a lot when cruising on main roads at legal speeds.  Once riding on more interesting curvy roads you tend to forget it all and in the end it never is that much of a problem as to cause hands and feet to feel painful or asleep.   

The testbike only had 220km on the odo at the start of the test which also might have something to do with it.